2011 imagery of bin Laden’s compound in Google Earth

While Google Earth only shows the 2005 imagery of Osama bin Laden’s compound, Stefan Geens at Ogle Earth discovered some DigitalGlobe imagery of the area that was captured in mid-January of this year!


The imagery can be viewed via DigitalGlobe’s Flickr account, or by loading this 6MB KMZ file. Stefan has added a yellow outline of the compound so that it’s easier to find, but you can turn that off for a better look at it.
Stefan has been going a great job of keeping up with the latest developments today, so be sure to keep up with Ogle Earth for his latest discoveries.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Image fails to load correctly due to large size.
    This smaller overlay should work:

  2. Stefan says:

    Just a quick correction: The imagery visible in Google Earth is from 2005. The imagery available for purchase from DigitalGlobe (as per the coverage layer) is from 2006, but is not viewable in Google Earth.

  3. Stefan says:

    Oh, also, the large overlay works for me, but then I have a tricked out MacBook Pro. Indeed, use the smaller one as a fallback.

  4. I am working on a GE model of the Compound now.
    what I have so far is here in the GE Warehouse
    I will be updating…
    Stay tuned
    Darian Robbins

  5. Mickey says:

    Darian — Nicely done! It’s looking quite good. Be sure to let me know when it’s complete and I’ll mention it on the site.

  6. Don’t miss the most interesting : if you look at the pictures history in Google Earth, in 2001 there was nothing at this place.

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